1906 Advance Steam Engine No. 9467

Warren Bellinger restores a 1906 Advance Steam Engine.

| May/June 1996

717 Cloverdale Waterloo, Iowa 50703

In May of 1994 I was looking through the new Iron Men Album when I came across an ad for an Advance steam engine. It was at Toledo, Iowa, about 45 miles from my home. We were always going to go look at this engine, as we were aware of it, but we never got around to it. Well, now it was for sale, so Randy Schwerin and I went to look at it two days later.

When Mrs. Flynn, the owner, opened the barn I knew this was the engine I was looking for. All we had to do was agree on a price. So after a couple of calls to her son Floyd in Chattanooga, Tennessee, she decided I was fair with my price and I left the owner of Advance #9467.

This engine was in good mechanical condition and 100% complete, so I took it home and put the hand holes in it and ran it at our show. I decided that would be good for the summer of '94, but I would clean it and paint it in 1995.

Leonard Flynn, the man who previously had owned the engine, was an Archer Oil representative. I do believe that he enjoyed using his product on his engine, because it was covered from one end to the other with oil and grease. It took my dad and I all summer to clean the engine so that we could paint it.

The only mechanical work I had done was to the governor. Dave Fuls rebuilt it for me and did a great job. Otherwise, the only work we did was cosmetic.